Identifying Gifted Students

Using Assessments to Evaluate Students for Grade Skipping

Gifted and talented high-achieving students may benefit from grade-skipping or subject acceleration; however, determining whether this is the best choice for an individual child is a complex process.  School policies are often designed to act as a barrier to grade-skipping.  Fewer than 1% of students are grade-skipped (Wells 2009), but other research suggests that a …

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What is a neuropsychological evaluation?

What is a neuropsychological evaluation? A neuropsychological evaluation assesses how your brain functions.  While neuropsychological evaluations can be used in other areas, they’re often used in education to assess children for emotional, social, cognitive, and behavioral functioning. These evaluations typically consist of diagnostic tests and interviews with the child, their parents, and (sometimes) their teachers.  …

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Navigating Gifted and Talented Identification and Programming

 I started Heroes with my mom in 2007 to find and create social, emotional, and academic programming for my profoundly gifted little brother – and other kids like him, but it was far before this that I realized, the world wasn’t built for kids like him. He struggled in school. He was moved from one …

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What is the LinkIt test?

What is the LinkIT test?   LinkIt! is not actually a specific test.  Instead, it’s a K-12 Assessment Solution, allowing administrators and/or teachers to build tests using the LinkIT test bank.  When creating a test, administrators can search by standard or skill, question type, difficulty, language, passage genre, passage length, passage complexity, and more. LinkIt has …

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Understanding Your Child’s WISC-V Scores

The Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children – Fifth Edition, or WISC-V, is an individually administered intelligence test, or IQ test, designed for children between the ages of 6 and 16. In total, the test only takes about an hour to administer; however, children may take the WISC-V as a part of a more comprehensive neuro-psychological evaluation which may take several hours.


Understanding Your Child’s Stanford Binet Scores

The Stanford-Binet is an individually administered adaptive intelligence test. While the WISC-V is now the most commonly administered IQ test for children, the Stanford-Binet has been around the longest. It measures five weighted factors in both verbal and nonverbal abilities. The five factors are: knowledge, quantitative reasoning, visual-spatial processing, working memory, and fluid reasoning.

Stanford Binet

Understanding NWEA MAP(RIT) Scores

The NWEA MAP Test is an adaptive achievement test that allows educators and parents to measure student performance and growth. The test creates a personalized assessment experience by adapting to student responses. The NWEA MAP test is offered in more than 7,400 schools nationwide. Unlike many tests, the NWEA MAP test provides each student with a unique set of questions based on their responses to previous questions.

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